MUN is a simulation of the United Nations that is done with the aim of educating participants about world events, diplomacy, and politics, all while
training them with effective communication and leadership qualities.
The Session Starts With A Roll Call Or Attendance
Roll call is given in two ways:
The EB takes the name of the country and the delegate(participants) should reply with either Present or Present and Voting
“Present” would mark the delegate’s attendance but forfeit their right to vote
- Present and Voting
“Present and Voting” would entail that a delegate cannot abstain during a Vote.
I suggest you to go for Present & Voting, not mandatory only a suggestion.
Rules of Procedure
Never Interrupt any speaker in between when they are speaking.
Point of Order
Points of Order are raised when a delegate believes there is a mistake in the
implementation of parliamentary procedure or when they find a factual
inaccuracy in another delegate’s statement.
Right to Reply
Right to Replies can be requested when a delegate’s personal or national
integrity has been defamed by another. If granted by the Dias, the Reply
would be stated in the form of a short speech (with a maximum time of 30
Point of Information
Points of Information can be used when a delegate wants to ask a speaker a
question about the speech they have made. They must wait till after the
speech and, if the Dias permits these Points, they may raise a question to the
speaker. If a delegate is not satisfied with the answer, they may raise a Plea
to Follow Up.
Point of Parliamentary Inquiry
Points of Parliamentary Inquiry are raised when a delegate may have a
question about the rules of procedure, flow of debate, motions, points etc.
Chairs usually clarify the question raised in this Point and make sure the
delegate’s doubts are solved.
- Motion to Set the Agenda
Statement To Be Said By The Delegate: “The Delegate of India Would Like To Raise A Motion to set the agenda to [topic]”
When it is used: Used in the very beginning of the debate.
- Motion to Open the Speaker’s List
Statement To Be Said By The Delegate: “The Delegate of India Would Like To Raise A Motion to open the general speaker’s list with an individual speaker’s time of 90 sec.”
When it is used: After the agenda has been set, it starts the debate formally.
- Motion to Move to a Moderated Caucus
Statement: “The Delegate of India Would Like To Raise A Motion to move to moderated caucus for time usually 10 min (or as said by EB) with per speaker time 60 sec or of your choice. agenda name to be mention
time to discuss [topic]”
When it is used: When delegates wish to change the form of the debate to a
moderated caucus about a certain topic for a certain time.
What happens next: The topic, overall time and individual time is proposed.
Motion to Move to Voting Procedure
Statement: “Motion to move to voting procedure on [article]”
When it is used: When delegates wish to move on from the debate and vote
on the resolution/amendment that is being discussed.
What happens next: The committee moves to voting procedures and pass/fail the item that is being discussed.
Motion to Recess the Meeting
Statement: “Motion to recess the meeting for [time]”
When it is used: Used when the delegates wish to have a break from the
debate, usually for lunch break.
What happens next: The motion is voted upon.
Motion to Adjourn the Meeting
Statement: “Motion to adjourn the committee”
When it is used: Used when the delegates wish to end the debating session.
Usually used at the end of the day.
What happens next: The motion is voted upon.
Yields are when a speaker decides to give up the remaining time in their speech.
Typically, the three types of yields are:
- Yield to the Chair, where you give the rest of your time to the session.
- Yield to Another Delegate, meaning you give up the rest of your time to another delegate.
- Yield to Points of Information, where you will be entertaining POIs from other delegates relating to the comments made in your speech. In case of the time restraint, the Dias may bar POIs to facilitate the flow of the session.
General Speakers List
At the beginning of the committee session, a motion to open a list of speakers should be made. Individual delegates may choose to be added to the speakers’ list. Opening speeches are made to openly discuss the basics of the topic at hand and introduce some action that was taken or can be taken. They also call all delegates to action for them to work together and bring the best solutions forward. Individual speaking time is allocated for each delegate. Delegates must not surpass their allocated times. Chairs may kindly ask delegates to wrap up when their speaking time is almost done. If there remains any time at the end of the delegates’ speeches, they are free to yield their time either to the chair, or to questions from their fellow delegates. Once the speaker’s list is exhausted, a call for motions is raised.
Moderated caucuses are a type of session where a topic is set along with total time and individual speaker time. Typically, the delegate that motions for a moderated caucus makes their speech first; they can request that they go last as well. The Dias run up a speakers list where speakers’ names can be added at any time. Delegates must not surpass their allocated times. If there remains any time at the end of the delegates’ speeches, they may yield their time either to the chair or to questions from their fellow delegates.
Unmoderated caucuses are informal sessions of discussions and debates amongst the delegates where they work together and form alliances to begin drafting full resolutions. Delegates must motion for unmoderated caucuses and must allocate a total time. The time can then be extended if other delegates are also in favor of the motion.
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